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Blame It on Fidel (La Faute a Fidel) Reviews

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Eric Kohn
New York Press
August 1, 2007
[Director] Gavras has undeniable skill as a screenwriter, suggesting that the production might have benefited from a more experienced helmer.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2007
The film lacks a sympathetic character even in its eternally petulant child protagonist and is lax in differentiating who's who.
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Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2007
It's all too easy to read Blame It On Fidel as a simple morality tale, an allegory comparing conservatism to childishness, and political awakening to emotional maturity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2007
The film contains a surprising amount of understated humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
The film beautifully captures the interplay between self-involved parents who expect their children to embrace their beliefs and the free-thinking young girl with a mind of her own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 31, 2007
Gavras's style is already as assured as her father's, and her ability to balance the audience's understanding of grown-up beliefs with that of a rapidly maturing girl is deft.
Prairie Miller
Critical Women
December 27, 2007
Strange, bearded house guests shake up a peeved little girl's life, infusing it with political imagination and wonder.
Karl French
Financial Times
October 19, 2007
Gavras is an experienced maker of documentaries, but this assured, intelligent film marks an auspicious beginning to her career in fictional features.
Cath Clarke
Guardian
October 19, 2007
French director Julie Gavras neatly side-steps the cliches of 70s radicalism with her terrific debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2007
The young heroine is rather humorless, but Gavras's intelligence and skillful touch are evident throughout.
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
October 19, 2007
Illuminating, witty and touching, Blame it on Fidel is a gem just awaiting discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Beer
Time Out
August 2, 2007
One of those rare films that maintain unwavering fidelity to a child's view of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 19, 2007
A smashing, funny and politically sophisticated feature debut from Julie (daughter of Costa) Gavras.
Jamie Tipps
Film Threat
January 30, 2007
Watching the dawn of Anna's political consciousness is a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sam Jordison
Film4
October 19, 2007
A smart, amusing take on some serious issues that's fortunate in its excellent young leading lady and its ability to laugh at its own political excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper
October 19, 2007
A wry and observant film with plenty of understated humour.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 19, 2007
A deft, original, entertaining and thoughtful look at that moment when we realise the world's just that bit more complicated than we thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 8, 2007
...simply one of the best films ever from a child's point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 13, 2007
...an adult-level film that does a great job of giving a child's view of a world in the throes of change.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 2, 2007
That [Kevel's] in almost every frame, with the entire film resting on her shoulders, makes documentarian Gavras's first feature even more remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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